Critics of the establishment media and of prosecutors found new ammunition after a photograph of Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman — taken just minutes after the now-infamous Florida shooting — showed the back of his head bloodied as a result of injuries he said were sustained during an attack.
The press had previously released images from a security camera, taken much later, purporting to show that Zimmerman was not actually injured. But with the newly released photo, experts raised fresh questions about both the media circus surrounding the case and even the prosecution.
The graphic picture, obtained by ABC News from an unidentified source and released on Friday, shows blood dripping from two wounds on the back of Zimmerman’s head, as well as an apparent contusion forming on the crown. All of the wounds would be consistent with Zimmerman’s self-defense story and the original police report filed by the first officer on the scene.
“I could observe that [Zimmerman’s] back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying [sic] on his back on the ground,” noted Sanford Police Department officer Timothy Smith in the report. “Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and back of his head.” Zimmerman was reportedly treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken in for questioning by law enforcement.
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